Murder Rates in Brazil Drop

The decline is driven mainly by the Northeast; Ceará had 58 percent fewer victims.

By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The murder rates in Brazil for January and February this year were 25 percent lower compared to the same period last year, according to G1's national homicide index. The index is based on official data from the 26 states and the Federal District.

According to this index, there were 6,856 homicides in the first two months of 2019, compared to the 9,094 murders in the same period last year. (The data does not include the state of Paraná.)

The decline is mainly led by states in the Northeast . . .

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